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A new law in the works in Cyprus may deter cycling (and therefore promote more carbon-emitting forms of transportation).

We’ve heard some pretty crazy stories coming out of Cyprus lately (such as some Cypriots’ appetite for pickled migrating songbirds), but this may be just as shocking: a new Cypriot law proposal wishes to fine and imprison cyclists for riding on pavements, among other things.  The problem with this law?  Cypriot cyclists currently have no allocated bike lanes and it is dangerous for them to use the roads, so the sidewalks are their only real urban cycling option.  Take this away, and you may as well be taking cycling in Cyprus away altogether.

Environment Commisioner Charalambos Theopepmtou agrees that the proposal is a problem, saying that “such a ban should be enforced only when the necessary infrastructure is put in place or else it will keep cyclists away.”

The proposal supports fining cyclists for biking on the sidewalks, and after a series of a few such fines, imprisoning them for between seven days to two months.  Cyclists could also be fined 1000 Euros for biking on the highway.

The real problem, though, is not that these cyclists are trying to make do and use whatever infrastructures are currently at their disposal.  The problem is that there is no room in Cyprus’s transportation system for cyclists.

Theopemptou continued, in his talk last week at the House Communication and Works Committee, saying that “with the way cars move in Cyprus and the deficiencies in infrastructure, it is almost certain that if this provision is not removed, cyclists will decrease instead of increase.”

This would be a strange time to deter cycling, as a new municipal bicycle rental system launched in the capital city of Nicosia a few days ago.  The system currently has 30 designated stations around the city where cyclists can pick up or drop off bikes.



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Please find link below for photos of the Inaugural Ride for the Paphos Cycling Club from yesterday.


The next ride will be on Sunday 2nd October, meeting at Hector's Cafe/Bar at 9am.  All forms of bicycles are welcome.  The route is to be confirmed shortly.  The good news is that I have been able to put the PCC into the Cyprus Mail in their 'What's happening in Paphos' section so hopefully that will attract attention of other cyclists to join us.  I will also see what other media I can put the club in.  Rock fm also are helping as various DJs are announcing the club at various times as and when I can text in.  Last week 6 different DJ's made announcements and yesterday morning Paphian Paul was giving out updates on how the ride was progressing.


The club will shortly have it's very own logo which will help to promote the group.


Please let other cyclists know about the group whether through email, Face Book, Twitter, Linked In etc.  The club will greatly appreciate any help in spreading the word.  I have set up a group page for the club on Face Book as well.


Our thanks to Tony Theo for allowing the club to use Hector's Bar as our meeting place.


All the best and see you next Sunday.